Date: May, 1999
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Notes: Reviewer Dennis Collins is the author of "The
Kent Krueger does a fine job of blending a good story and strong
believable characters, mixed with a smattering of Native American
influences and beliefs to bring Iron Lake to life.
O'Connor, former sheriff becomes involved in the disappearance of
a boy, the apparent suicide of a retired judge, and murder. He's
not sure how he got so deep into this predicament, and the more
he struggles to free himself the more mired he becomes.
has his own personal battles to fight as well. His marriage has
fallen apart, and then there's the delicate relationship between
a father and his children, especially a teenage daughter who is
going through the normal stages of adolescence.
is rural Minnesota in December, adding the dimension of the rugged
northern winter as another character in the story.
Lake is fast paced, the characters are interesting, and the
plot is intriguing. It has all of the elements necessary to appeal
to an extremely large audience. It's exciting, and yet not offensive.
A great debut novel for Krueger.